Two students from Guangdong Province in China have graduated from UWE after achieving the highest grade possible in their degrees.
Both Ning Liu and Pinya Zhao supported the work of the Bristol and West of England China Bureau during internships paid for by the Santander/UWE international talent scholarship.
Ning Liu has just graduated in MSc International Management with Distinction and was also awarded the Prize for best performance in this programme.
Ning said: “Now I have finished the study for my programme and have returned to China I am pursuing my career in the business department of Guangzhou Municipal Government promoting investment from domestic businesses and investors from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
“The great depth of business and management knowledge and globalized perspectives that I acquired during my one-year Master study at the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE has enabled me to perform much better in my current role and helped me approach tasks with more analytical skills. I am fully confident that I will do better in my future work thanks to my valuable experience of studying in UWE.”
Pinya Zhao also worked with the Bureau as an intern this year and has also just graduated with a First class honours after studying two years on a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business and Management at UWE.
She has returned to Dongguan in Southern China to complete her final assessment for her Chinese degree and will hopefully also obtain the highest level in that degree too.
Pinya said: “Studying in Bristol and working with the bureau was a totally new and unforgettable experience for me. Apart from the different education systems between China and UK, the relationship between teachers and students is extremely impressive.
“The teachers at UWE are friendly and they really wanted to help me. I had never imagined that I could work in the UK before this internship and I cannot express more appreciation to Dianne from the Bureau who gave me this opportunity.”
Bristol West of England China Bureau chief executive Dianne Francombe said: “The obvious popularity of studying in the UK has led to a 30 per cent increase in the number of university applications by Chinese students.
“Both Ning and Pinya worked closely with the Bureau during their internships giving us valuable insights in to the requirements of Chinese students studying here. They also helped us overcome the language barrier enabling us to communicate our thoughts directly to our Chinese contacts and clients.
“They helped us expand our ties with China and establish stronger connections for the future.”